Saturday, August 31, 2013

REVIEW: Chivalry by Zach Hunter

Title: Chivalry
Author: Zach Hunter
Series: none
Publisher: Tyndale
Published Date: June 21, 2013
ISBN: 9781414376356
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: A generation is rising up to care for the hurting and oppressed. Committed to changing the world, they are passionate about justice and willing to fight for it. But what would that same justice look like if we lived it in our private lives—close to home, with our family and friends? 
In Chivalry, Zach Hunter dares young men and women to view their lives as a quest, challenging them to develop their own personal code that will prepare them to defend others and live with civility and integrity. 
Zach reframes chivalry in a modern context. He looks at everyday life as a grand adventure and shares ancient wisdom from the Bible, insightful stories, and practical examples to help you develop your own code of honor—and live a life of significance.

The 10 principles:
I will not go on this journey alone
I will never attack from behind
I will practice self control and selflessness
I will respect life and freedom
I will fight only for the sake of those who are unable to defend themselves, for in the defense of justice.
I will honor truth and will always keep my promises
I will fear no evil
I will always follow the law, unless it goes against what is moral and good
I will live and die with honor
I will never abandon my quest

Review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Many people, I know I see it and experience it time and again, want to help the world. We want to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, home the homeless. But how many of us bring that spirit of humanity into our own lives with the people that we live with and work with? We're willing to go the extra mile for people we don't know but when we get home to our family we're yelling at our kids, rolling our eyes at our spouses, or gossiping about our co-workers.
This book shows you, through real examples, how you can bring that spirit of helping and Christianity into your own lives and closer to home.
It's hard not to write a book like this without sounding preachy or holier than thou, but Zach seems to do just that. It was an enjoyable, practical read that I can see myself re-reading when I find myself slipping into the old habits.

REVIEW: The Companions by RA Salvatore

Title: The Companions
Author: RA Salvatore
Series: The Sundering #1
Publish Date: 8/6/13
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
ISBN: 9780786963713
Buy It links: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: This latest installment in New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore's beloved fantasy saga, The Companions moves Salvatore's signature hero Drizzt into a new era of the Forgotten Realms. As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life—the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.

Review: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Its been about 12 years since I've read any books by RA Salvatore, but I remember devouring the entire Drizzt series in the span of a few weeks. R.A. Salvatore is such an incredible world builder, and I've loved immersing myself in his books. His characters are unforgettable. Drizzt, Wulfgar, Cattie-Brie, Bruenor, Regis...they are all there.
The plot twist that the author had to come up with to bring these characters back years after their death seemed a little contrived to me, but its fantasy and more importantly, its Dungeons and Dragons fantasy, so anything goes.
The fans of The Companions of the Hall will love this book, but if you're looking for a lot of Drizzt, you won't find it in this book. The author devotes perhaps 8 pages in total to Drizzt in this book. That's not a bad thing however. After all, RA Salvatore is bringing back 4 people back from the dead, one book as the groundwork is fine. And a very fine groundwork it is!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GIVEAWAY and BLAST: Ragesong: Awakening by JR Simmons

When the peaceful kingdom of Fermicia is enslaved by a power-hungry renegade, its only hope lies in a band of unlikely heroes: two children whose musical abilities allow them to harness the power of Ragesong, and their shape-changing guides. Jake starts his first day of junior high completely oblivious to the fact that he has been chosen for something incredible. That same afternoon, he learns that he has been marked as one with the power to save an entire kingdom. Through the course of his journey, Jake discovers that his advanced musical abilities are peculiarly connected to a mysterious power known as Ragesong. Joined by a shy, young girl with similar musical talents and two Changelings that hold a fierce loyalty to their homeland and king, Jake must learn to harness this ability in order to survive the dangers of a hostile new world.

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About the author:

JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his iPad writing.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Polish my Life #Giveaway


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RELEASE DAY: Defying Fate by Lola James

Defying Fate by Lola James

Love… Death… Fate! Megan opened her heart and defied her fate for love. Alex wanted nothing more than to be with Megan, no matter the cost. After a vision meticulously unravels her existence, Megan wonders if their love worth death? To escape her demise, Megan enlists the help of Emilian, her vampire protector. However, the world around her slips away as his presence melts her, a gaze ignites her, and when he touches her every sensual fantasy plays in her mind. The problem is she has a job to do. She can’t afford to lose focus, but he’s the only one who can keep the looming threats away. What’s a girl to do? Her fate is to die, but death is not an option… Continue the fated journey in Defying Fate. Buy on Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords

lola Lola is a fool for a love story, a sucker for a cupcake, and let’s not talk about what she’d do for a Klondike bar. She enjoys long walks on the beach and movies that involve chainsaws. By day she’s the HR Lady and by nightfall she puts on a cape to becomes a romance writer.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Walmart Gift Card

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Brought to you by Fruit of the Loom, Walmart, and Second Book to the Right!
It's that time of year again when back to school shopping is in full swing for us.
This is the time of year we stock up on crayons, pens, clothing, and more. We get the girls new outfits and tons of socks and underwear. We always go to Walmart for our back to school essentials because the prices are Amazing! (No, seriously.....crayons for $0.50?!)
So when Fruit of the Loom sent me a $75 gift card to Walmart to help out with our back to school shopping I was thrilled! Especially since we go there anyway!
I bought socks and underwear for the entire family! We got a lot and I bought multiple sizes as they grow. I love Fruit of the loom because they are quality products and Walmart is offering 3 extra pairs of underwear opposed to Target offering only 2 free pairs. Every little bit helps!

Fruit of the Loom and Walmart are offering a lucky person a $75 Gift certificate to Walmart to get there Back to School Needs! Fill out the form below to enter!

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Woo hoo!

We're finally up and running again! A little slow, but we're up! *happy dance*